Category Archives: Valentine’s Day

Valentine Composing Printable for Beginners


Valentine Composing Activity for Beginners

Some years ago I posted a black and red version of this. As it happens with a lot of old material, I  forgot about it until it started showing up on Pinterest. It looked rather dated and I didn’t like it anymore.  I decided to do a makeover by adding more colors and flowers.

This is a fun Valentine’s “gift” for students to give to a special adult, especially if they can play it for them!


  • To compose a melody to a familiar Valentine rhyme
  • To review finger numbers


  • Pre-school to about age 7


  • The printable
  • Pencil
  • Piano keyboard


  • Students place their right hand on the keys with the thumb or index finger on middle C
  • Starting on middle C, they make up a tune and write the correct finger numbers or letter names in the hearts
  • The tune sounds better if it starts and ends on C
  • Alternatively, students can use their left hand, the black keys, or use another position, such as G
  • Help younger students with the writing

Why I Like This Activity

  • It helps students become more interested in composing


Filed under Composing Activities, Preschool Music Resources, Valentine's Day

Easy Valentine Piano Music

Valentine Music_Revised

This post has links to all of the Valentine music currently on my website.

Remember last year when I posted these links?  Well, as some of you know, I’ve been trying to revise all my pre-reading and primer level music to vertical (portrait) orientation, rather than horizontal (landscape). The reason I put this level in landscape in the first place is that there is more room for big notes. But it is so hard to use in a 3-ring binder! I’m determined to eventually remake all of my landscape scores!

Question of the day: Do you like the borders I draw? Do you think they add something, or do they make it harder to print. I’m just curious what other teachers think.

Valentines Day PR  – pre-reading with finger numbers only, on the black keys.

Roses are Red – pre-reading with finger numbers only, on the black keys.

Chocolate Valentines Pre-reading version is played on the white keys using all the fingers.

Chocolate Valentines On the Staff  came about because one of my students saw the pre-reading version and asked me to make one for her on the staff. We made it longer by playing it several times, each time in a different octave.

Here are the rest of the Valentine’s Day folk songs from my website that that I have arranged in various levels.

Love Somebody, Yes I Do – Late Elementary (with 8th notes)

Love Somebody, Yes I Do – Primer Level (5-finger position on the staff)

Love Somebody, Yes I Do – Pre-reading

There’s a Little Wheel A-Turning in My Heart –  Early Intermediate (lots of hands together and some finger substitutions)

Below is the graphic I made last year. All the music on the left is now in portrait orientation!

8 Valentine Pieces

8 Valentine Pieces




Filed under Holiday Music, Pre-reading, Valentine's Day

Are You a Line or Space? A Quick Valentine Activity!


Are You a Line or Space

 Are You a Line or Space

I am always looking for something different to do with my students, to shake things up a bit and add some fun to piano lessons.

I put a sign on my front door, “Are You a Line or Space?” This made them curious and got them interested. They all had no idea what I was planning on doing, but they have come to expect that piano lessons are not going to be the same-old thing.

I printed two staves with either line or space notes shaped like hearts. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up,  I used that as a theme.

I told them I was doing a musical experiment on lines and spaces. I explained there would be two teams, the Lines and the Spaces,  and I wanted to see which was the easiest for students. They could choose their team or pick a line or space card from a bowl to be assigned a team. I have some students who would take 10 minutes to decide, and I need to move fast in piano lessons, so picking from the bowl turned out to be a time saver for those indecisive or aprehensive students.  

 I sat them down in front of either a line or space card. While I timed them with my phone stopwatch, they placed a bingo chip on each note as they called out the name of the note. 

It didn’t take long, and students were allowed to try several times, so I could write down their fastest time on the printable I made to record the times. The more practice, the better, and everyone wanted to try it several times.  Even so, it took less than 5 minutes.

Many of the students decided to be on the “space” team, because they said spaces are the easiest. That was fine with me. What they don’t know yet is that next week I’m going to post the Are You Ready to Switch poster, and we are going to switch sides!

I hoped to have time to made ledger line cards, but I didn’t. However, you could use my mini-ledger line flash cards and accomplish the same thing. Spread them out of the table and play the same way.

Yesterday I shared this activity  with my Facebook Group, Piano Teacher FunMakers. I really wasn’t planning on blogging about it, because it’s kind of silly, the clip art is from other things I’ve made, and the printables were hastily made to get it done before my students arrived!

But, it has turned out to be fun and I wanted to share. I told teachers  I would get this posted in time for them to use it Monday, if they wish, so here it is. If you start Monday, you will have 2 weeks to play it before Valentines. Hope you have fun with it! I know we are!



Filed under Games, Note Identification, Valentine's Day

Some Easy Valentine Music

Valentine Music

Every year, right before Valentine’s Day, I try to remember to print out some quick sheet music for fun and sight reading. As many of you have told me, I’ve posted so much over the years that sometimes it is hard to find it all. Today’s post has links to most of the sheet music about Valentine’s Day that I’ve posted over the years. Of course I’ve concentrated on the younger students, so none of the sheets are longer than one page. There are two folk songs that are harder, an early level two, and one that is late level two. All of these have been posted before except for a brand new sheet for the first day of lessons, Valentine’s Day.

The first 2 songs are on the black keys and are so easy even preschool children can play them at the first lesson. They love to go home with a holiday song they can play right away.


Valentine Music_Revised

Valentines Day PR is the new printable I have never posted. If you are starting a new student, print this and Roses are Red now! They are perfect for the first day of lessons and students go home so excited to be playing a Valentine’s song.

Chocolate Valentines Pre-reading version is for beginners or young children who don’t read on the staff yet. It is played on the white keys.

Chocolate Valentines On the Staff came about because one of my students saw the pre-reading version and begged me to make one for her on the staff.

This next  song set is the traditional Valentine’s folk song, Love Somebody, Yes I do, arranged in 3 levels.

Love Somebody – This version is pre-reading on the white keys.

Love Somebody – Beginners who read notes on the staff can play this one.

Love Somebody – This is a level two version. It has eighth notes and some hands together. It is only one page, so there is time to learn it by Valentine’s. Day.

There’s a Little Wheel A-Turning in My Heart is my favorite Valentine’s folk song. This version is for level 2B. Although it only has one page, it does have a dotted quarter notes and some coordination of the hands.  The left hand starts with eighth notes for the turning wheel sound.

If you have a lot of students and want to save on printing costs, put these sheets in page protectors and loan them to students! After the holiday is over, students give them back to you for future use. Keep them in your binder so you can get to them easily when you want to use holiday music, with dividers for each holiday. You can use worksheets the same way, and students can even use dry eraser markers on the sheet protectors.

In the next week or so I’ll post links to all the Valentine games I’ve posted. In the meantime, if you go over to the right side of my home page and type Valentine’s Day or Valentines in the search engine, all my Valentine posts over the past few years will pop up, including games, worksheets, and music. 

I would like to send a special thank you to those of you who so generously help with the expenses of this site. If it were not for you, this would not be possible!



Filed under Valentine's Day